Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 1 month ago

Belt stayed hot Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI.

Over his last seven games, the Giants' first baseman has gone 10-for-27 (.370) with five extra-base hits and six RBI, raising his slash line on the season to .273/.344/.481. Belt's still not hitting as many home runs as expected, but as the weather warms up those doubles and triples should start carrying a little further.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 1 month ago

Belt is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The Giants often use matchups with lefties as a chance to get Buster Posey out from behind the plate, thus leaving Andrew Susac to catch and Belt to come off the bench. Belt has historically held his own against southpaws, but he has a .413 OPS against them this season, albeit in just 45 at-bats.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 1 month ago

Belt went 1-for-3 with a double, a run, an RBI, and his third stolen base of the season in Wednesday's loss to Miami.

Belt's power surge in May (.405 with seven homers) simmered in June (.253 with two homers), but he has now collected six hits and four RBI over his last five games. He still has a decent shot at reaching 20 homers for the first time in his career, occassionally chipping in a stolen base like he did Wednesday.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 1 month ago

Belt went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Belt's ninth homer of the season came against Dodgers starter Carlos Frias in the sixth inning. The 27-year-old slugger came into the game in a 1-for-20 slump and hadn't driven in a run in nine games, but his .482 slugging percentage in 2015 is still a career high. Belt has tended to hit his homers in bunches this year, so this may be the start of another hot streak.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt will get a start in left field for Tuesday's tilt against the Mariners, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Belt has been routinely getting days off when a lefty is scheduled for the opposition, with Buster Posey sliding to first base and Andrew Susac starting behind the dish. In this case, manager Bruce Bochy is keeping Belt's bat in the lineup due to a lack of healthy options in the outfield. He has been abysmal against lefties this season, slashing just .171/.237/.229 in 35 at bats. This will be Belt's third start in left field this season.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mets, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Belt's absence Thursday likely relates to the left-handed Jon Niese on the mound for the Mets. Instead, the Giants will go with an alignment of Buster Posey at first base and Andrew Susac behind the plate, but Belt (batting .296/.371/.519 with eight home runs and 28 RBI) should continue seeing most of the starts.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt hit a two-run homer -- No. 8 on the year -- and a single in five at-bats Wednesday against the Mets.

He'd been sputtering offensively to open the month of June, going just 5-for-24 (.208) over seven games, but Belt got himself back on track in this one. He's enjoying a breakout year, finally posting the combo of batting average and power that we've been waiting for since he broke into the league in 2011.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base in Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

Belt's hitting has cooled off in June (5-for-21) after a torrid month of May. He has contributed two stolen bases in the last three games, so he has remained useful. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as Belt possesses roughly 10-steal speed over the course of a full season.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt is out of the lineup Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

Belt has been playing almost every day for the Giants, and is slashing .302/.376/.533 on the season. He is one of the more reliable first base options in fantasy and should continue to see most of the starts for the Giants going forward. Buster Posey will play first base Wednesday with Andrew Susac catching.

Brandon Belt 1B/LF SF 2 months ago

Belt capped off his torrid month of May with a solo shot in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Belt finished the month of May with a bang, smacking his seventh home run and bringing his slash line up to .339/.405/.656 for the month. He gets a tough assignment against Pirates' ace, Gerrit Cole, to start the month of June, but there is no reason Belt should be unowned at this point.